What Does “Hustle” Look Like?

Come on, you know you’ve googled that before.

I have.

I’ve got a great personal example for you from the last two weeks. Adding it all up, I’m guessing I spent 50+ hours working on rebuilding and relaunching my wife’s photography website from scratch. I mean COMPLETE redesign. Continue reading What Does “Hustle” Look Like?

A Few Thoughts On Slated.com


I joined Slated in 2014 after attending a producer breakout session at the American Film Market in early November. The speaker was the co-founder and CEO of slated.com, Steph Paternot.

He was compelling, confident, and it felt like I was hearing the answer to my prayers! They had created a site who’s sole intention was to connect independent producers and filmmakers with financing and distribution.

As we’ve used the site over the last year and a half, I wanted to write about our experience, why our expectations haven’t yet been met, and what I think both the users of the site and those running it could do to make it more valuable. Continue reading A Few Thoughts On Slated.com

3 LESSONS FROM 10 MONTHS OF FUNDRAISING

In around February of this year, my business partner and I at Telekinesis Entertainment set out to do the impossible: raise money to make movies.

Every day for the last 10 months, we failed. It’s a harsh reality. Raising money to make movies is a zero sum game; you either have raised money or you haven’t.

Until this week, that is. We’ve officially succeeded at raising money to make a movie. Here’s a few things I’ve learned along the way in hopes of helping anyone starting out on a similar journey. Continue reading 3 LESSONS FROM 10 MONTHS OF FUNDRAISING

NOTES & TAKEAWAYS FROM AFM 2015

A few weeks ago I attended the American Film Market for the second year in a row.

It’s an annual film market where Sales Agents are selling the films they represent to foreign distributors and buyers.

Producers, like myself, will often attend to try and meet with these Sales Agents and find one to represent their films, but it’s also a great place to learn as they have great conferences and workshops centered around every aspect of the filmmaking process.

Here are my notes from the week. Hoping something is useful as you go out to make your own films in the future. To see last years notes, check out this post. Continue reading NOTES & TAKEAWAYS FROM AFM 2015

FILM INVESTING – PART 2

In Film Investing-Part 1 we talked about film as a potentially attractive asset class for investors. There are, however, some aspects of a “typical” film investment that make it unattractive to some investors, many that can be avoided by diversifying in a fund, just as you would invest in a venture capital, or VC, fund that invests seed money in multiple tech companies.

To further that argument, lets clear up some common misconceptions that an investor may have heard about how films make money: Continue reading FILM INVESTING – PART 2

FILM INVESTING – PART 1

In the process of putting together funding for our feature film projects, I’ve been doing as much research as possible to gain a deep understanding of how film finance works. I figured, if I’m going to be meeting with investors and VC firms, I better know my numbers.

What I found, however, was an even more exciting pool of data that makes independent film, as one man puts it, “an attractive asset class”. Continue reading FILM INVESTING – PART 1

WHY THERE ISN’T ANY FILM FUNDING IN UTAH

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few months with the tech community in Utah. There’s a huge buzz going on in “Silicon Slopes”, and in an attempt to see what all the “buzz” was about, I started to attend meetups and other networking events put on by that community.

Come to find out, there are a lot of things happening that are truly buzz worthy. In Utah there are many companies that are valued over $500 Million, and in Provo alone there are three $1 Billion companies on a single STREET.

That’s one of the things that drew me to this community — there’s a crap ton of money circulating around. Check out these headlines from the last 3 weeks alone: Continue reading WHY THERE ISN’T ANY FILM FUNDING IN UTAH